NOT Back 2 School CampFest 2017


While all the other parents are busy shopping for school uniforms, preparing lunches and organising the last minute bits and pieces to go into those brand new school bags, you can relax and have some family fun and celebrate home education with friends at Hilltop Resort!  Join us in the first week of February annually to spend some time with like minded people!


Dates:  TBC 2017 — Due to an early Easter 2016, the March CampFest is in early March and the NB2S CampFest is not running.




Registration Cost: includes access to all facilities at Hilltop Resort, sessions, materials & activities for adults and children for the whole camp and evening meals. (Two courses)   Adults and Children: $75 per person (children under 2 years of age no charge).

Accommodation Cost: Motel, cabin and ensuite sites are available at Hilltop Resort at a discounted price for CampFest families. Being onsite allows families to get the full benefit from the CampFest experience.

Ensuite sites: $175 per family. Motel rooms: $375 per family.  MAX 5 people per room.
Motel rooms have either a queen size bed and two single beds or a queen size bed, a sofa and a single bed. A portable fold-out single bed can be added to your room for an additional $25.

As places are limited you will need to book early to avoid disappointment. Please book by paying $100 deposit for your accommodation and CampFest registration by phoning Jenni 03 5033 1515.  By booking you agree to the Terms and Conditions below and have read and understood the information on the General Information page.

Register your interest today and ensure your place at this popular camp – a great way to start the new homeschooling year! Motel units and powered ensuite camping sites available.

Information about Not Back to School Camp:

Arrive at Hilltop Resort from noon onwards. Check in at Reception, find and settle into your accommodation.

The rest of the afternoon is set aside to settle into camp, grab  a copy of the Family CampFest Orientation Orienteering Activity from the Function Centre Hall if you want, explore Hilltop and become acquainted with the property. Don’t forget to circumnavigate the Animal Enclosure and say hello to the ducks, chickens, deer, goats, kangaroos and joeys!

At 5pm we’ll have a ‘welcome to camp meet and greet’ session – come to the Hall and help arrange the chairs into a circle and we’ll do a quick round of introductions and, if we have time, hopefully chat about some of the activities and things we’d like to do at camp.

Dinner will be in the main hall at 6pm each night – Wednesday will be a sausage sizzle at the BBQ Area.   On Wednesday there will be an icecream cone for everyone for dessert!

Please note: for occupational, health and safety reasons children are not allowed in the commercial kitchen.

Use the whiteboard to let each other know what is happening when and where: if you want to offer an activity (see the list of ideas), or want a chat group to happen, pick a time and place and write it up! This is your camp – help to make it meet your needs and those of your children!

Because it’s summer it’s only natural that most of us will end up spending most of camp in the Hilltop swimming pools! Bring any pool games you know to share! If you know any boisterous outside games, bring them along as well as there are plenty of shady trees to play under too!

However, if playing in the sun isn’t your thing, don’t despair, there is a collection of board, dice and card games at CampFest. Or if you have a favourite game, teach others how to play it, learn a new game from new friends, get a board game tournament happening or whatever! Please tidy and put away games after playing.

CampFest is a time a place to celebrate learning and we encourage families to bring a favourite art, craft, science or other activity to do with others: camps usually buzz with activity – happy children and parents learning new skills alongside their new friends, learning and playing together. Reimbursement for cost of materials can be negotiated prior to camp, or you can ask for an appropriate donation from participants.

Tie Dying has become a popular CampFest activity – if someone is keen to volunteer to show parents and children how it is done, everything is already there to make it happen.

Don’t forget to prepare or bring an act for the CampFest Concert usually held on the last night, followed by the awesome Disco! Magic or card tricks, songs, dancing, skits, stand up comedy, jokes, playing musical instruments… adults and children all welcome to perform. Concert and Disco night is a wonderful way to wrap up an awesome CampFest experience. We need a volunteer to MC and organise the Concert.

Lights go out around the venue at 10.30pm: quiet activities only in your motel unit or site please after this time.

Please check your site, motel unit or cabin thoroughly for personal belongings before you leave (left items will be donated to charity). We’d also appreciate some help with checking for and picking up any litter around the venue before we head off too. Don’t forget to stop at Reception, return your key and book your site for next year or the event!

Register your interest today and ensure your place at this popular camp – a great way to start the new  homeschooling year! Motel  units and powered ensuite camping sites available.

Inquiries about the camp: Jenni
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Inquiries about registration and accommodation: Hilltop Resort or phone (03) 5033 1515


  • A $100 deposit is required upon booking  to secure your registration and accommodation. This is non-refundable.
  • Participants agree to abide by the CampFest Code of Conduct at all times.
  • Cancellations. Refund minus your $100 deposit is payable only if you cancel four weeks prior  to the starting day of the event. Refunds minus deposit after this date are at the discretion of CampFest organisers and owners of Hilltop Resort and will only happen if your booking is replaced by another home ed family.
  • The advertised Schedule is subject to change without notice. Activities, speakers, workshops, session  times, excursions, etc can change: please refer to the notice board in the Function Room during  CampFest for updates.
  • CampFest organisers and the owners of Hilltop Resort do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to participants’ property. Be sure to secure your belongings in your accommodation appropriately.
  • Hilltop Resort is pet friendly (en-suite powered sites only). Your pet must be on a leash and under effective control at all times.
  • We respect  your privacy: personal information collected on this site will be used for the purposes of CampFest only and will never be shared with any third parties.

Australian Homeschool CampFests are proudly sponsored and supported by:

Hilltop Resort
Australian Homeschool Network  
The Educating Parent

Home Education Association Inc.
Home Education Network of Victoria



We hope that you enjoy your time at CampFest.